Brumm Speaks Out: The four-ton sow

We now have production systems talking about the four-ton sow: 8,000 pounds of live weight sales per inventoried female. This goal is similar to the 30-pig goal of a few years ago, which was thought to be impossible. FULL STORY »

Hurd responds to anti-antibiotic editorial

Scott Hurd, DVM, PhD, Iowa State University, shares this letter-to-the-editor he wrote to the Des Moines Register in response to its editorial on food-animal use of antibiotics. FULL STORY »

It’s not all ‘Bugs and Drugs’

Remember the “disease triad” during on-farm troubleshooting of non-infectious causes of disease. FULL STORY »

BIVI announces 2013 PRRS Research Award recipients

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) has announced the 2013 recipients of its annual Advancement in PRRS Research Awards. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Will sequestration force the sky to fall?

I woke up Saturday morning, fearing the first day of sequestration, remembering that it rhymes with unpleasant things like castration. I thought I would check Facebook before I peeked outside to see if the sky was falling. Lots of people get up before I do so I was looking for an early weather report from some of my rancher friends. FULL STORY »

BIVI Swine Health Seminar covers “vertical” disease transmission

Boehringer Ingelheim (BIVI) hosted its Swine Health Seminar as a kick-off to the 44th annual American Association of Swine Veterinarians meeting being held in San Diego this week. FULL STORY »

Checkoff-funded research grows in importance

In an exclusive interview with PorkNetwork, Paul Sundberg, DVM, National Pork Board (NPB) vice president, science and technology, describes the research funding process as well as NPB’s primary research program areas. In addition, Sundberg describes the importance of influenza surveillance and animal identification efforts. FULL STORY »

Treatment approved for additional SRD pathogens

Baytril 100 (enrofloxacin) Injectable recently received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for treatment and control of swine respiratory disease (SRD) associated with bacterial pathogens Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. Hyo) and Bordetella bronchiseptica (B. bronchiseptica). FULL STORY »

Antibiotic use statistics prove misleading

The oft-cited statistic that 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the United States are used in animals is highly misleading, says Richard Raymond, MD, former undersecretary for food safety at the USDA. Raymond says 28 percent of antibiotics used in animals are ionophores, which have never been approved for use in humans. FULL STORY »

Iowa State researchers awarded grant to study PRRS

The researchers, led by Jack Dekkers, professor of animal science, will seek to identify genes in pigs that make them less susceptible to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). FULL STORY »

Flu activity increases nationwide

Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States which is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness (ILI). And, even though the flu season is now in full force, the National Pork Board (NPB) still recommends producers, farm personnel and others who have contact with pigs get the seasonal flu vaccination. FULL STORY »

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